Alum and Army Vet Turned NASA Engineer Helps Keep Planes in the Sky

Mechanical Engineering Alum Daniel Goodrick B.S.'08, is helping to make flying safer. Photo credit: Angel Canales/ABC News

By Angel Canales/ABC News EDWARDS, Calif. — Next time you’re up in the sky sipping your drink, you might raise a toast to the people who toil to make flying safer. Meriden, Kansas native Daniel Goodrick is one of them. Dan’s route to becoming an engineer for NASA took a couple of detours after high school. First, he took some time off to serve a mission in Mexico for his church and second, he joined the Utah Army National Guard as a Counterintelligence Agent in 2000. The Army, by-the-way, helped pay […]

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Presenting at World Congress of Biomechanics


Congrats to Dave Bell (mechanical engineering PhD candidate), Nan-Wei Liu (bioengineering PhD candidate), Matt Converse (mechanical engineering PhD candidate), and Kevin Nye (mechanical engineering masters candidate) who will present at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston July 6-11, 2014! The World Congress of Biomechanics is an international meeting held once every four years, rotating among Europe, Asia and the Americas. This, the 7th WCB, will once again bring together engineers, scientists from various disciplines including biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties. Applications range from basic […]

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Utah Has More Top 10 Economic Rankings Than Any Other State


WASHINGTON, D.C. – At today’s U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit, Gov. Gary R. Herbert joined the Governor’s Roundtable to discuss issues outlined in the Enterprising States 2014 report and why Utah is succeeding. In the annual report, Utah earned the most top 10 and top 25 rankings in the 33 categories measured in the study. “Utah is united behind the goal that 66 percent of our working population will have a college degree or post-secondary certificate by the year 2020,” said Gov. Herbert. “In addition, we are focusing […]

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RoboUtes Win NASA “Best Precursor Mission” Award

Johnathan Bruns showing off RoboUtes award from the national RASC-AL Planetary Exploration Robo-Ops Competition held in Houston June 3-5, for the "Best Precursor Mission" based on their robot mapping out so many rocks for the other teams.

Representing the University of Utah and advised by mechanical engineering associate professor Mark Minor, the RoboUtes student organization, which is a group passionate about robotics, were one of eight universities invited to compete in the annual RASC-AL Planetary Exploration Robo-Ops Competition (i.e., Robo-Ops). Robo-Ops is an engineering competition sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Institute of Aerospace, held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas June 3-5. Leading up to the competition the team shared some of the logistics involved in competing by holding an open house. […]

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U Engineers Win Sandia Design Competition


University of Utah mechanical engineering undergraduates won first place in the 2014 Sandia National Laboratory university alliance microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) design competition. The design team consisted of mechanical engineering student Bryan Tran and civil engineering student Jeff Thomas, led by faculty advisors Brian Baker and Ian Harvey. Sandia National Laboratory is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The MEMS university alliance design competition offers participating universities the opportunity to take part in a program geared around MEMS design, fabrication and testing. The Utah team designed a MEMS micro-platform to fit in […]

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UofU Students Compete in a NASA Sponsored National Robot Competition

University of Utah RoboUtes competed in three day national competition at the Johnson Space Center in Texas Wednesday.

  SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (GOOD 4 UTAH) – A team of engineering students from the University of Utah called the “RoboUtes” competed in a three-day national competition at the Johnson Space Center in Texas Wednesday. The team spoke to Good 4 Utah on day two of the competition saying they didn’t fair so well after a part broke right before they were up to compete. However, they still went for it and proved that had they not faced a malfunction they could have swept the competition away. Only eight […]

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Undergrad Wins International Award and has Research Published

Mechanical engineering masters candidate Anthony Chyr in the Nano-Tribology and Precision Engineering Laboratory.

Recognized for his undergraduate research project and paper entitled, “Patterned microtexture to reduce friction in prosthetic hip joints,” mechanical engineering masters candidate Anthony Chyr won the prestigious international E. Richard Booser Presidential Award (for undergraduate students) of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) for 2013. Chyr’s paper was recently published in the International Tribology and Lubrication Technology Magazine. Founded in 1944, STLE is the premier technical society serving the needs of more than 10,000 individuals and 150 companies and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector. […]

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Undergraduate Project Creates Outdoor Fun for Quadriplegics

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Danny Salazar uses a device developed by engineers at the University of Utah to steer a sailboat by sipping or blowing into a tube. He had never been on the water in his life but sailed for the first time at East Canyon Reservoir with TRAILS. TRAILS stands for Therapeutic Recreation & Independent Lifestyles that helps people with spinal cord injuries learn how to do outdoor-related activities like kayaking, sailing and camping.

By Continuum Staff University of Utah researchers and physicians have collaborated to create new outdoor recreation equipment, including kayaks and bicycles, designed to get spinal cord injury patients back into the great outdoors. The equipment is the product of a unique collaboration between University rehabilitation physicians and the U’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. “These pieces are fresh out of the engineering lab,” says Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth, medical director of University of Utah Health Care’s Spinal Cord Injury Acute Rehabilitation Program. “We’re really concentrating on the hardest people to get into […]

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Alum Receives Second Highest Civilian Award from Air Force

Mark Eddings

For his steadfast dedication to the mission of the Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Mechanical Engineering alum, Mark Eddings B.S.’04, received the Meritorious Civil Service Award, from the Los Angeles Air Force. Noted was the the fact that many of the advances over the past two years were spearheaded under Dr. Eddings’ leadership. The Meritorious Civil Service Award is the second highest award a civilian can receive in the Air Force. This is especially remarkable when considering Mark has only worked for the Air Force for five years. Mark A. Eddings […]

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ME Senior Gets Behind the Scenes of Universal Studios

Louise Butler,

Mechanical engineering senior, Louise Butler went behind the scenes as an engineering intern for Universal Creative to work on a new ride opening this summer. Butler says that, “My primary job was testing existing rides in the park. It involved late nights after the park had closed, but it gave me a complete behind-the-scenes look at how the rides worked and I learned new details behind the story of the rides that most riders may not notice.” The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will come to life […]

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